erik lundegaard

Friday July 07, 2023

Scorsese: 'Where the Hell We've Been'

“Films allow us to see ourselves—to see who we've been, how we've evolved. There may be things we don't like to see about ourselves in the past. [But] we don't really have a chance of knowing where we're going unless we know where the hell we've been.”

-- Martin Scorsese, “100 Years of Warner Bros.,” episode 3

Amen. It's why retrofitting past artifacts to current cultural values is a sin to me. (Recent example: scrubbing the n-word from “The French Connection.”) It's not only white-washing history, it's an insult to all the people who fought and sacrificed to get us where we are now. It's pretending their great work wasn't even necessary.

Posted at 12:48 PM on Friday July 07, 2023 in category Movies  
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